The Business Center for New Americans offers a specialized savings program
for refugees called the Individual Development Account (IDA).
The IDA program rewards low-income refugees who:
After an applicant has met these requirements, the BCNA IDA grant matches their savings, matching each dollar saved with a dollar in grant money, up to $2,000 per individual or $4,000 per family.
ACHIEVING SAVINGS GOALS
While the client has control over the money he or she saves, the "matching
grant" is kept in a separate account which can only be used for:
IDAs are designed by the Federal government to reward low-income working
individuals and families. To qualify as "low income", household income must
be no more than:
Not only does BCNA match clients' savings, but our required seminars help
ensure that our clients are prepared to take on the responsibilities of home or small business ownership as well as select the best options for further
education or vocational training.
These sessions cover a range of topics, including:
All classes are free and are held at BCNA.
FIND OUT MORE
Interested in learning more about IDAs? Contact Francess Smith at 212-898-7850 or firstname.lastname@example.org